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  • Martine McCutcheon will now have to learn to budget
  • Martince McCutcheon is being comforted by husband Jake McManus
  • Martine McCutcheon doesn't earn anything near to the £250,000 a year that she used to
She was once the golden girl, appearing as Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders and starring with Hugh Grant in 2003's Love Actually.

But last week Martine McCutcheon, worth £1.5 million in 2003, was declared bankrupt, owing £187,000 to the taxman and her bank.

As she lies low at her £5,000-a-month rented home in Surrey, comforted by her singer-songwriter hubby Jack McManus, 28, we can reveal the secret reason why Martine, 36, has lost everything.

The star - who's exclaimed: 'I love nice things. I consider Ralph Lauren sheets a necessity, not a luxury' - once stood £75,000 bail for an ex who was jailed in 2001 for taking part in a £30 million drug racket.

But it was later that her problems really started.

With no TV acting work since 2008, apart from a cameo in Midsomer Murders last month (for which she joked she was 'paid in cheese and crackers'), Martine hasn't been earning anything close to the reported £250,000 a year she did at the height of her fame.

Read the full story about Martine McCutcheon in Now magazine dated 25 February 2013 - out now!


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